We'Ve had one from huawei we've had two from samsung and now you're, looking at xiaomi's, the me10 ultra. So this is the retail box and i usually use the way that a phone is presented as a rough gauge on how much the company cares about it. So, in this case it seems quite a lot which makes sense, because this mi 10 ultra is also xiaomi's way of celebrating their 10th anniversary. Yes, xiaomi is only 10 years old, so the first thing inside the box is just a card with what i believe is simplified chinese on it. You'Ve got the smartphone. This is clean packaging, a sim ejector tool and below. That is a hard case and it's not just plain. It is lightly textured, which is definitely an improvement. There'S, a headphone jack adapter, a usbc cable for charging and the most powerful charger you can possibly get on a commercial smartphone and here's. The me 10 ultra. Oh also, alongside the phone they've dropped some pretty high grade accessories with it there's the official case, which feels like a nice quality, carbon fiber material there's, a car charger which i wouldn't normally care about. But this tiny thing can deliver a total of 100 watts power and then the wireless charger to take advantage of the frankly ludicrous wireless charging speed of this phone it's, not cheap, but this feels super premium and then, finally, in a slightly different direction, a wireless charging Pad which actually just has one charging coil but here's the kicker.
It moves to locate right underneath your phone, wherever you put it on the pad very cool concept in practice, it's kind of loud and a little bit rattly, so to really deserve the title of ultra. I feel like a phone needs to have a spec sheet that makes you gorp, and this has that in fact, in some ways this is the most impressive spec sheet on a phone ever a 6.67 inch, 120 hertz 10 bit colored display a quad camera setup with Dual 8k video and 120 times zoom, and, to make this a little sweeter, this camera system has been ranked by dxomark as the best in the world. A four thousand five hundred million power battery paired with qualcomm's new quick charge, five tech, which gives it 120 watt charging. It has 50 watt wireless charging and for some perspective on the figure that is twice as powerful as the galaxy note, 20 ultra's wired charging and finally, a snapdragon 865 chip up to 16 gigs of the fastest lpddr5 ram 512 gigs of the fastest ufs, 3.1 storage. All cooled with liquid calling six stacks of graphite and graphene. It also happens to be the highest scoring phone on antutu benchmark in the world with 660 000 points. Okay, i'm interested. So this is an ultra impressive spec sheet, it's an ultra expensive phone, but wait a second. It starts at 760 dollars. Excuse me: i had to double check. I had to triple check and yeah sure enough.
The converted chinese price of this phone is 760 dollars. So, even if, for argument's sake, we say 800, it has basically flipped the entire convention of an ultra phone on its head. It costs less than samsung's base normal galaxy s20, so what's the catch. Oh and if you're, enjoying this video by the way a sub to the channel, would be tremendous. Well, it doesn't look like they've cheaped out on the design, although it has taken a very different direction to samsung and huawei's offerings, it does look just as excessive and ultra and the camera module. While i don't think it's the prettiest does look badass. It does look like it means business, but i will say this: i didn't quite realize how big the cameras would be until i actually picked the phone up for myself. You know, like the galaxy note, 20 ultra, that phone has a huge camera bump, but even that sits in the top third of the phone. This comes down almost halfway, which means that whatever hand i'm holding it in fingers touch it a lot, especially if you're gaming, it's kind of a shame, because the shape of the phone is super comfortable. It would have really benefited from a matte finish and cameras that perhaps go horizontally across, although using a case does help quite a lot with both of these issues and actually just using this day to day just trying to find the hidden catch. That must be there somewhere.
I really struggled it loads games and apps quicker than i think any android i've ever used and i've been using this as my cod mobile machine because it can play the game at 60 frames per second on the highest possible settings. The haptics, when you're typing are pretty good it's. Dual speaker setup is very good, but the one thing that i've been marveling at which i wasn't expecting to be marveling at is the software it's running xiaomi's miui 12., and i think the best way to describe it would be with the word artistic it's gone down. A very different path to google stock pixel software, but i was surprised how much i liked it. I like the new fonts, the organization of the settings menu and how almost every action you do has a corresponding animation and haptic feedback. You leave an app, you see its icon change, you uninstall something and watch it explode. Sending a shock wave through the rest of your apps they've got these new wallpapers. They call them super wallpapers and even though they do take up something ridiculous. Like 90 megabytes of file, they really are quite special for starters, flicking between your screens you'll see the background, rotate okay, but then pop your phone into standby and it'll zoom. All the way out of this rocky planet face to show you a global view, and without you even realizing what's happened in that process. It has seamlessly transitioned to its power saving, always on display and the whole thing even follows day and night cycles plus, i think xiaomi have been really clever with the fingerprint scanner that sits just under it's, not the fastest.
But when you place your finger on it, you feel like a soft vibration that then ramps up in intensity when you first put your finger on there's like a gentle whir and then that slowly builds until it pops when you unlock the phone in a weird kind Of way, it feels like you're powering up your very own supercar and because of the way they've done it, you don't notice the time taken as much. The main obvious downside is that there's just heaps of bloatware here, but you can remove almost all of it, but anyways you're, probably wondering this is the highest rated camera in the world. So how good is it actually? We'Ve got four cameras, starting with the ultrawide and fun fact. This is the widest camera. I'Ve ever used with a 128 degree field of view compared to 120 on samsung's and as well as being more dramatic it's, also more detailed. The only caveat being that 20 of the time when i take it out and was ready to shoot something i would find out that it's super blurry, because i had accidentally covered it in fingerprints. We'Ve then got the main camera, which is actually a custom. Engineered 48 megapixel sensor credit. Where do that number isn't doing it much justice? We actually see a lot of phones even mid range phones with 48 megapixel sensors, but the important takeaway is that most of those are very small, whereas the one on this phone is actually larger than the 108 megapixel main camera of the note 20 ultra.
It shows photos are exceptional, actually very reminiscent of the huawei p40 pro camera aka, my favorite phone camera of the year. So far the colors are spot on more natural than sammy and the photos are just very detailed with almost zero noise. Oh yeah and the dynamic range is crazy, good, even more noticeable if you drop it side by side with the galaxy s20 ultra. I would use the note 20 ultra, but technically we're not allowed to share camera samples from that phone till the 18th so s20 ultra it is now the one achilles heel of this camera is that just as samsung fixes its year long focusing issues by introducing laser Autofocus on its note, xiaomi starts the trend again: it's, sometimes completely fine with people and big objects, but try to focus on anything fine, like small flowers and it just can't. Do it no matter how many times i tap the screen to try and make it it's. So frustrating not because it makes it a bad camera at all, but because this was so close to being the perfect 2020 smartphone camera. Even its nighttime performance is put simply about as good as phones get at any price. But okay we've got to talk about the most ridiculous spec on the entire ridiculous spec sheet. The fact that this camera can zoom in 120 times, which of course implies that it's even better than the already very impressive, 100 time zoom on the s20 ultra see that phone is using a high resolution, four times optical zoom, camera and because it's high resolution.
Even once you reach its four time, zoom level, you can still zoom in a fair bit further without ruining the image. But this phone by the looks of it, has just taken the same image sensor and dialed up the magnification from four times: optical zoom to five times optical zoom. If i'm being really honest, though in practice, it's about the same don't, get me wrong. The zoom is phenomenal. You can zoom 30 times into a sign and very clearly read it but i'm, just saying compared to the galaxy s20 ultra, you probably won't tell much of a difference, so don't pay too much attention to that 120 times number, although do bear in mind from what I remember the galaxy s20 ultra zoom was not as good at launch as it is now so it's very possible that, because this is so new, it will improve over time. Oh also xiaomi's created quite a cool spin off feature from this zoom it's called front and back, and it allows you to pick basically any combination of two different cameras on this phone, including the front camera and record them at the same time. That leaves us with the final camera, which is just a two times optical zoom, and this has two purposes a to keep your image sharp throughout the entire zoom range, not just sharp at one time and then sharp again when you get really far in, but also To take portraits because portraits taken at two times, zoom just generally have less distortion than using the one times camera and going right up to your subject and they're, actually really good portraits on the face of it.
They'Re, just not as detailed as the main camera. Oh yeah and it's got 8k video recording on both the main camera and the five times telephoto. I don't think any other phone can do this, although you will need a very well lit environment for this to be any good. So in a lot of ways i agree with dxomark, i can't believe i'm saying this, but as an overall package, this is probably the best set of cameras on a phone, and i had so much fun testing it out. I completely killed my battery, so i whacked it on charge and at this point i wasn't really thinking about its charging speed, i'd kind of forgotten about it. So i went downstairs. I started making some tea. I came back up and i was fully ready to just work on something else. While i waited but then i realized it's on 50 charge. After literally six minutes now, i've never been the biggest advocate of fast charging, just because i'm, someone who charges my phone overnight and if you do that it doesn't really matter. But i mean this is so fast that you can't help, but just want to give them a little round of applause, practically speaking, i think to make it work. They'Ve had to split their one battery into two separate cells, which probably means that you are trading some potential capacity for this ridiculous charging speed. But the battery is good enough. I did spend a full day using it hard and it survived so at this point, you're kind of looking at this phone thinking have xiaomi cheated, did xiaomi just rob a bank and they're now subsidizing the price of their own phones, because i'll tell you now as Much as i tried, i didn't find one huge gap here, one big caveat that would explain how it's so much more affordable, but there are a few things that you should bear in mind.
While it does go up to 16 gigs of ram and 512 gigs of storage, the base model sits at a pretty uninspiring, 8 gigabytes plus 128, which is about par for the course for a 7 800 phone there's. Also, the fact that if we say the galaxy note 20 ultra's display is an a plus, then this would be an a minus. It still has a 120 hertz refresh rate, which is brilliant, but it isn't adaptive, which means it can't adjust its refresh rate to match the application you're in, like the no can, plus. This is only a full hd plus panel versus quad hd plus it's, not an issue for me: i've been using my note on full hd anyways, but it is a noticeable missing feature and on paper its brightness should be lower too, but in practice i couldn't really Tell the difference, i guess the biggest pain point is availability, because this is a china only phone. So if you wanted it, you've got to import it. You'Ve got to do a little bit of fiddling to get google play services working and if you want to get rid of xiaomi's bloatware, you might have to start switching to a third party launcher, but to be fair once you've done all that it works perfectly i've Been using this all day, i'm, getting 4g, 4g plus and it's a brilliant phone, unlike most ultra phones, which we knew were going to be announced like literally months before they were.
I didn't know about this phone until i had an email asking. If i wanted to test one but as low key as the launch, was it doesn't change the fact that this is the first luxury phone that i would genuinely class as brilliant value for money. If you enjoyed this video it's sub to the channel would be phenomenal.